A variety of microphones are available for checkout from the Library Circulation desk including USB mics, headsets with boom mics, digital voice recorders with built-in mics and iTalk Voice Recording accessories for some models of iPods


USB Microphones

Headsets with mics

iTalk Voice Recorders


Amadeus Pro


Amadeus Pro is a powerful multitrack audio editor supporting a variety of formats including MP3, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, Apple Lossless, AIFF, Wave and many others. Amadeus Pro runs on Macs.

Software Location

Amadeus Pro is installed in the following labs:

  • Axxin 105
  • Wilson Multimedia Development Lab (LIB220)


Images/Audio/Video Collection

Images, audio, and video files can all be stored in collections by uploading to servers for access through browsers and specific programs. Once uploaded, you can chose to insert these files into a post or content block on your site.

Middlebury College provides server space for audio and video files on MiddMedia. Images such as photos or other files can be stored in MiddFiles.

What you need:

To store a file in MiddMedia, you need a file that is in a format correct format. MiddMedia will accept the following file types:

.mp3 (audio/mpeg)
.mp4 (video/mp4)
.flv (video/x-flv)
.avi (video/x-msvideo)
.asf (video/x-ms-asf)
.dv (video/x-dv)
.m4v (video/x-m4v)
.mj2 (video/x-motion-jpeg)
.mjp (video/x-motion-jpeg)
.mjpg (video/x-motion-jpeg)
.mkv (video/x-matroska)
.mov (video/quicktime)
.mpeg (video/mpeg)
.mpg (video/mpeg)
.ogv (video/ogg)
.qt (video/quicktime )
.rv (video/vnd-rn-realvideo)
.wmv (video/x-ms-wmv)

How you do it:

Follow the instructions for MiddMedia here.

Voice Recorders


A voice recorder is a device designed to easily record someone speaking and to save that recording for later use.  Digital voice recorders are far more useful than their analog counterparts because the recordings can be transferred to a computer, edited with tools like Audacity and shared individually or as part of a series (podcast).

Stand alone digital voice recorders are available from the Library circulation desk.  Also available are iTalks,  voice recorders that can be used with some models of iPods.

Full documentation is available on the LIS Ed Tech wiki.


Share audio on the web

Audio files can be shared on the web much like text and image files.  They simply need to be uploaded to a website.  Platforms like WordPress, Drupal and Segue all have tools that allow you to browse the files on your computer (or on servers you are connected to on your computer) and select files to upload.  Once uploaded, you can chose to insert these files into a post or content block on your site.

If you have many audio files you want to share, be sure to read:

Share series of audio files (i.e. podcast)

What you need:

To share an audio file on the web, you need an audio file that is in a format that is ideally optimized for web delivery such as .mp3.  Use tools like iTunes and Audacity can convert your audio file to .mp3 format.

How you do it:

Once you have an .mp3 audio file, simply access the site where you want to share it and create a new post/content block or edit an existing post/content block and chose to add audio/media.

Tips and suggestions:

See Record/edit/format audio > Tips and Suggestions


Record/edit/format audio

What you need:

To record (or capture) audio you need a microphone attached to hardware that can save the microphone input.  Voice recorders, iPods with recording accessories, laptops, some mobile phones can all be used to record audio.  To edit and format audio you need an audio editing tool such as Audacity.

How you do it:

Most audio recorders have buttons for record, pause, stop and save.  If you are recording from a mobile device such as a voice recorder or mobile phone, you may also need to transfer your audio file to a computer if you want to edit or format it.

Audio editing tools such as Audacity allow you to playback the audio in a file, select portions of the audio and copy, paste, edit or delete your selection (in much the same way you can copy, paste, edit or delete text you select in a text editing program such as Microsoft Word).  When you're done editing, you'll need to save your audio is a format appropriate for where you plan to use it.

Tips and suggestions:

Save as .mp3: MP3 is an open standard audio format that is widely supported.  Most audio editing tools allow you to save in this format and nearly all media devices can handle this format.

Add metadata: Most audio editing tools will allow you to add more information about your audio file that can be used by media applications such as a iTunes to organize your audio.  The standard for this information (ID3) was originally created for music files but conventions are emerging for using these fields for storing information about podcasts, audiobooks, lectures as so on.  Here are some tips:

  • Name: title of audio that best represents what is it
  • Artist: instructor, speaker, performer, author...
  • Album: course, department, conference...
  • Genre: subject, department, organization...
  • Comments: additional information about audio

Case Studies

Faculty teaching languages often record audio of the language they are teaching.  These recordings range from those containing a single word to recordings of conversations, performances or the reading of literary works.  For case studies of recording audio for curricular use, see:

Extending the Textbook (Kyoko Davis)




How did you get here? Student journalists present 15 stories from their peers

Established in the fall of 2008, the Middlebury Fellowship in Narrative Journalism provided three exceptional students the opportunity to explore and apply their journalistic talents. Organizers of the program sought highly motivated and intellectually curious students from a pool of more than 50 applicants who were interested in creating digital portraits of the Middlebury student body. Co-directed by Middlebury College Scholar-in-Residence in English and American Literatures Sue Halpern and Matt Jennings, editor of Middlebury Magazine, the fellowship spanned the academic year and included training in interview techniques, basic photography and sound editing.

Selected fellows were seniors Aylie Baker and Mallory Falk, and sophomore Sarah Harris. They began their project last fall by questioning various peers about their individual journeys to Middlebury by asking the question, “How did you get here?”